Monday, October 21, 2013

Impalas making pig-like grunting sounds (Video)

By Muhammad Mahdi Karim – Facebook

Impala antelope (aka Rooibuck) usually make a loud grunting, almost pig-like, sound when they sense danger or an irritation of some sort. 

However, in this specific case it wasn’t me (the photographer) who posed a threat because they had noticed my presence on the scene long-ago and didn’t seem too perturbed about it. I suspect - the lonesome Njala male antelope on the scene may have possibly caused the commotion, as recorded on this video.

Mating season is also at its peak this time of the year and the Njala was showing-off (Afr.: pronk) to the wrong crowd… Yep, there’s much we can learn from nature!

I was caught off guard when the Rooibuck started with their sudden commotion, as I was trying to get a closer picture of the Njala showing-off at that point in time.  I therefore had to hastily switch from picture mode to video mode to capture the scene… Consequently, although the snorting sounds were successfully captured, the video footage is not of the best quality (too much movement). The last portion of the video includes a 2x slow-motion of the same clip. The slow-motion effect distorted the weird snorting sounds to resemble the fierce roaring sounds that lions make… Enjoy this video with the volume turned up!


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